Cuomo hit with criminal charges

Former Gov. Andrew Cuomo faces criminal charges for alleged sexual misconduct that occurred in one of the most extreme cases.

Yesterday evening, Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple announced that an investigation had found cause to. Bring charges against an ex-aide who said Cuomo groped her under her shirt at the governor’s mansion last year. Cuomo was summoned to Albany court on Nov. 17 after a criminal complaint was filed.

Forcible touching is a class B misdemeanor that can lead to a one-year sentence. Prosecutors will need to prove that Cuomo forcibly and intentionally groped the victim with the intent of his own gratification, or to degrade her.

One takeaway from the news — which It was all done in a few hours. of accidental releases and erroneous reports that turned out to be accurate — is that it didn’t appear extremely collaborative. Albany County District Attorney David Soares said that he was not a part of Thursday’s action and he was “surprised”To learn more about the criminal complaint “like the rest of the public.”

Cuomo’s team said that means Apple’s move is part of a political pile-on, the same argument they’ve used to object to the results of Attorney General Tish James’ original investigation that corroborated at least 11 reports of harassment against Cuomo.

In a statement, Cuomo’s personal lawyer Rita Glavin stated in the statement that Cuomo is a victim of domestic violence. “never assaulted anyone” and called the sheriff’s move “patently improper.” Longtime spokesman Rich Azzopardi said because Soares didn’t sign off on the charge — which was brought to Apple’s office in August — “this process reeks of Albany politics and perhaps worse”And then, curiously “the truth about what happened with this cowboy sheriff will come out.”

James, who may announce a run for governor sometime in the near future, said the charges in a statement “further validate the findings in our report,”Cuomo has sought to invalidate it repeatedly since August’s release. “From the moment my office received the referral to investigate allegations that former Governor Andrew Cuomo sexually harassed multiple women, we proceeded without fear or favor,”She said.

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WHERE’S KATHY? Speaking at an annual preelection breakfast, making noise pollution announcements in Brooklyn, appearing as an Eric Adams get out-the-vote rally and speaking at the Corning Innovation Support Center. Also, visiting the Finger Lakes Beer Festival.

WHERE’S BILL? Speaking at the NYPD Medal Day Ceremony and at the pre-election Breakfast

WHERE’S ERIC? Attending the same breakfast and holding a rally in Midtown to get out-the-vote. “Balance of Power.”

WHERE’S CURTIS? No press release.

ABOVE THE FOLD — ‘A manufactured crisis’ — NYC braces for worker shortage as vaccine deadline looms, by POLITICO’s Erin Durkin and Amanda Eisenberg: New York City is bracing for potential shortages in its police, sanitation and fire departments as a Friday deadline looms for all city workers to get the Covid-19 shot — with more than a quarter of workers at some key agencies still unvaccinated. The FDNY warns that up to 20% of ambulances and fire departments could be out of service on Monday. In an apparent protest by sanitation workers, garbage is already piling up around the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday he’s confident the city can get through any disruptions — and the vaccine mandate is the right thing to do. “My job is to keep people safe — my employees, and 8.8 million people. And until we defeat Covid, people are not safe. If we don’t stop Covid, New Yorkers will die,”He spoke to reporters. “We must, must stop Covid, and that must, must include our public employees. In fact, they need to lead the way.”Several thousand people, including vaccine opponents and city workers, protested outside the mayor’s home at Gracie Mansion as he spoke. “On Nov. 1, there’s going to be a crisis in this city,”Andrew Ansbro, president of Uniformed Firefighters Association. “This is a crisis that is orchestrated by the mayor. People’s lives are at stake.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY — “It’s historically inaccurate, but I’m still going to wear it because now we bought it.” — De Blasio, upon being informed that His Halloween costumeCaptain Kirk was supposed to be a color, but it was wrong. His security team is probably happy that it wasn’t red.

Eric Garner’s family again asks judge to call Mayor de Blasio and NYPD commissioners to testify at inquest,” by New York Daily News’ Molly Crane-Newman: “The family of Eric Garner urged a Manhattan judge Thursday to reconsider calling the mayor and current and past NYPD commissioners to testify at a judicial inquiry scrutinizing the circumstances of the Staten Island father’s death. In a motion filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, lawyers for Garner’s mother, Gwen Carr, asked Judge Erika Edwards to require the high-ranking officials to testify based on new evidence from Joseph Reznick, head of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.”

Only 1 in 5 NYC students took last year’s state tests, making results almost moot,” by Chalkbeat’s Reema Amin and Amy Zimmer: “About a fifth of New York City’s third through eighth graders took the state’s English and math exams last school year, when a majority of students learned remotely and the tests were deemed optional, according to data released Thursday by the state education department. With only about 20% of students in the five boroughs sitting for the exams and 40% of students statewide, the results will be hard to interpret because testing conditions and participation rates were vastly different than normal, experts have said. In 2019, when the test was last given pre-pandemic, 96% of students took them in New York City.”

Faster than a pizza delivery: Cops clearing illegal bike lane parking complaints with curiously fast speed,” by New York Post’s Nolan Hicks, Khristina Narizhnaya and David Meyer: “They’re too fast. Cops patrolling three community board districts with rampant complaints about illegal parking in bike lanes closed one-third of those cases in under 15 minutes, an ‘implausibly fast’ rate that city lawmakers say likely means there’s no enforcement. The precincts that patrol the districts — Manhattan 5, which covers Midtown; Manhattan 10, which covers Central Harlem; and Brooklyn 6, which covers Cobble Hill to Gowanus — also accounted for two-thirds of all of the complaints closed in five minutes or less, the data showed.”

Report of NYC Latinxs Analyzes Impact of COVID-19, Finds Income and Other Disparities,”NBC New York “New York is one of the most diverse cities in the U.S. and according to a new analysis of its population, there’s just as much diversity among residents of Latin American heritage.The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs on Thursday released data it has collected in order to better understand how the COVID-19 pandemic and systemic racism impact the Latinx community. The analysis, in which the city uses the gender-neutral term Latinx in place of Latino or Latina to describe people of Latin American descent as well as people of Hispanic and Spanish origin regardless of race, found that COVID-19 killed Latinx New Yorkers at 2.1 times the rate of white New Yorkers.”

Hochul Acts to Open Up a Government Long Defined by Back-Room Deals,” by The New York Times’ Grace Ashford and Luis Ferré-Sadurní: “Gov. Kathy Hochul, under pressure from government watchdog groups, on Thursday released details of a plan to recuse herself from all matters involving Delaware North, the casino and concessions company where her husband is a top executive. The move came as part of a broader initiative by Ms. Hochul that includes plans to improve accountability across state agencies and to reduce a backlog of public records requests. It is the most tangible step yet in her pledge to improve transparency in a state government that has long been marred by back-room deals, cronyism and corruption. The plan announced on Thursday also included recusal arrangements for Lt. Gov. Brian Benjamin and Karen Persichilli Keogh, Ms. Hochul’s top aide.”

Hochul taps LI, Queens execs to direct state’s economic development efforts,” by Newsday’s James T. Madore: “Business leaders from Long Island and Queens, Kevin Law and Hope Knight, will be nominated to lead the state’s primary business-aid agency, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday. Law, a former CEO of the Long Island Association business group, is being tapped to serve as board chairman of Empire State Development. Knight, CEO of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp., will be ESD CEO. The nominations are subject to confirmation by the State Senate, though Knight will serve in an acting capacity for now, according to an ESD official. ESD consists of two agencies: the Urban Development Corp. and Department of Economic Development.”

The lonely and forgotten Ballot Proposal 5 by POLITICO’s Bill Mahoney: As Election Day approaches, few issues statewide have received as much attention as the five proposed constitutional amendments on the back of the ballot. Ballot Proposal 2 is a proposal that would protect the right to a healthy environment. This has been supported by Green groups for many years. There’s been a steady rollout of major endorsements for Ballot Proposals 1, 3 and 4 (which deal with redistricting, voter registration and absentee voting), and the opposition has been just as fierce — it’s impossible to drive through some stretches upstate without hearing Conservative Party ads saying these amendments are a plot by corrupt Albany politicians to help “illegal immigrants”and for them. And then there’s Ballot Proposal 5. For some reason, the amendment to increase the New York City Civil Court’s jurisdiction from claims up to $25,000 to those up to $50,000 hasn’t exactly inspired the masses. It has certainly not been the subject matter of any high-profile campaigns.

Well, that’s not entirely accurate. It’s technically been a part of the state GOP’s campaign, as party officials are encouraging people to vote against all of the amendments. But their reason for opposing Ballot Proposal 5 isn’t exactly due to any heartfelt opposition. “I don’t care much about the civil courts in New York City, but I don’t want to confuse things because the other questions are just so important,” said state GOP Chair Nick Langworthy.

Jumaane Williams Runs for One Office With an Eye on Another,” by The New York Times’s Jeffery C. Mays: “ When New Yorkers show up to vote on Nov. 2, they will see a familiar name listed on the ballot for public advocate: Jumaane D. Williams, the Democratic incumbent. Because of a quirk in political and electoral timing, this is the third time that Mr. Williams has had to run for public advocate in less than three years. ‘I’m so honored to be your public advocate,’ Mr. Williams told a crowd at a get-out-the-vote rally on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on Sunday. ‘I’d be honored if you re-elect me one more time.’ But Mr. Williams, 45, left another political goal unmentioned that day: He is also a potential candidate for governor.”

#UpstateAmerica: Oh, no! Erie County was dupedSomeone who uses fake email addresses, inside information, and an account in Texas to get more than $100K in taxpayer funds.

— Gov. Kathy Hochul Signed a package of billsGhost guns must be stopped.

— Hope Knight, head of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, NamedEmpire State Development’s new president and CEO.

— Relics worth $15 million allegedly looted by a city art dealer They were returned to India.

— The Albany police union is Rally against a measure on next week’s ballotThis would allow citizens to have more control over their affairs “bad actors”In the force

— A Putnam County man was the first of the Hudson Valley suspects to Plead guilty to entering the U.S. CapitolDuring the Jan. 6 Insurrection.

— Who are the people New York Metro Weather

— The skateboarder who was accused of vandalizing a George Floyd statue in Union Square Park was Recognized as a small-time actor, who was in “Parks and Recreation.”

— The MTA looks into turning single subway rides into unlimited passes.

— A 71-year-old man was A stray bullet struck youin the leg on Upper West Side.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge … White House’s Kate Bedingfield and Seth Schuster … CNN’s Laura Jarrett and David Siegel … WaPo’s Dave Clarke … Bloomberg’s Robert George … WSJ’s Kate Bachelder Odell … Tony Sayegh … Aon’s Andy Weitz … Rena Finkel … Samantha Zeldin … Leigh Helfenbein … Jeffrey E. Garten … Deloitte’s Jon Pool

MEDIAWATCH — Alana Abramson is now a D.C. producer for CNN Plus. She was most recently a White House reporter for TIME Magazine.

MAKING MOVES — Errol Cockfield and Andrew Williams are joining the Brunswick Group as partners. Cockfield was most recently an SVP of communications at MSNBC. Williams was most recently the managing director of corporate communications at Goldman Sachs. … Caroline Hutcheson Communications are now globalREE Automotive is the head of electric vehicle startup. She was previously the director of financial communication at Boeing.

OUT AND ABOUT — SPOTTED at Joe Lewis’s Nexus Club in Manhattan for a dinner and discussion about Facebook ethics, misinformation and media trends hosted by Zachary Todd and Beyond Labels: Nicholas Thompson, Gillian Tett, Danny Kahneman, Ben Smith, Brendan Ripp, Mia Shaw, Bryan McCann, Adam Cheyer, Jane Metcalfe, Anousheh Ansari, Ron Suskind, Peter Norvig, Yan Lee Cun, Kay Koplovitz, Newsha Ghaeli, Tim Werby, Drew Houston, Gretchen Rubin, Jorge Castaneda, Carroll Bogert and Joe Marchese.

— SPOTTED at a Zoom book party Thursday night for Tom Galvin, a former NY Daily News and NY Post DC reporter, for his new book(*) (“The Auction”Amazon: $14.95): Scott Mulhauser, Jim Hock, Tim Burger, Shane Tews, Scott Gerber and Amber Allman. by CNN’s Jacqui Palumbo:

Brooklyn’s first supertall skyscraper officially reaches its full height,”Source link “Manhattan is no stranger to supertall skyscrapers but Brooklyn’s skyline has now radically changed as its first supertall reached its full, vertiginous height on Thursday. The 93-story, 1,066-foot-tall residential building, standing at 9 DeKalb Avenue in Downtown Brooklyn, was designed by SHoP Architects. (Supertalls, by definition, are residential or office buildings reaching 300 meters — 984 feet — or higher.) Newly christened ‘The Brooklyn Tower,’ it has been under construction since 2018 and cost $750 million total to develop.”

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